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April 21, 2011

Japanese government creates Fukushima no-go zone

  • 12 miles away from Fukushima? Don’t get any closer source

» The penalties: People who violate this rule could face a fine of up to ¥100,000 (roughly $1,220) or 30 days in jail. On top of the possibility that you might get affected by radiation. (EDIT: This post was edited to remove a two-second quip that probably requires a post of its own.)

10:35 // 3 years ago
April 19, 2011

sunfoundation:

Recording the Sound Made by the 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake In Japan

It’s a strange thing to say, but they could hear Japan’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Alaska. At least Oregon State University scientists could, using the U.S. Navy’s SOund SUrveillance System (SOSUS) Monitoring System, previously intended for tracking submarines in the Cold War. The recording is now online and it is an awe-inspiring sound.

What an earthquake sounds like.

17:17 // 3 years ago
April 18, 2011

Poll: Japanese people want PM Naoto Kan to step down over quake

  • 70% of those polled think Naoto Kan should step down source

» A revolving door: Were Naoto Kan to step down, he’d be the fifth prime minister in a row to step down or lose an election after a year or less on the job. From Shinzō Abe to Yasuo Fukuda to Taro Aso and Yukio Hatoyama, the job has not proven a stable one. And Kan is nearing his one-year mark in the position. But none of his recent predecessors had to deal with a crisis nearly as crazy as the double-teaming of Fukushima and the Sendai quake.

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11:25 // 3 years ago
April 17, 2011
Hillary Clinton visits Japan in show of post-quake support: Here she is with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Hillary does a great job keeping that presidential poise even as Secretary of State, doesn’t she? source Follow ShortFormBlog

Hillary Clinton visits Japan in show of post-quake support: Here she is with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Hillary does a great job keeping that presidential poise even as Secretary of State, doesn’t she? source

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11:30 // 3 years ago
April 13, 2011

organikka-deactivated20110901-d says: What important lessons can other nations learn from the tsunami, earthquake and power plant crisis in Japan?:

» We say: Disaster-preparedness is too important to ignore, even if the benefit isn’t obvious right off the bat. Regulations need to be strong and well-thought-out. Don’t let up on them, or the issues will be worse when they happen. And no Monday-morning quarterbacking. Do it on Sunday and plan for the game before it happens. 

21:40 // 3 years ago
April 11, 2011
22:29 // 3 years ago

producermatthew:

New video filmed by an amateur photographer of the large tsunami that swept through Japan one month ago. In the film, villagers from an unknown town in the Miyagi Prefecture could be seen running for their lives away from a large wave of water, cars and homes. [Amateur video]

… speechless.

17:45 // 3 years ago
April 10, 2011
Fukushima now has its own unmanned remote-controlled mascot
This little guy right here? He’s a T-Hawk drone, a little unmanned remote-controlled flying thingamajig, built by Honeywell, that engineers used to get an up-close view of the situation inside the damaged Fukushima reactors. It can shoot both normal pictures as well as infrared shots. Plus, if you own one of these, you’ll be the coolest kid on your block. Engineers say that they’ll have some photos to share with the world on Monday. But we want them now! source
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This little guy right here? He’s a T-Hawk drone, a little unmanned remote-controlled flying thingamajig, built by Honeywell, that engineers used to get an up-close view of the situation inside the damaged Fukushima reactors. It can shoot both normal pictures as well as infrared shots. Plus, if you own one of these, you’ll be the coolest kid on your block. Engineers say that they’ll have some photos to share with the world on Monday. But we want them now! source

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11:31 // 3 years ago

How the Japan quake and tsunami has affected the auto industry

  • parts Many auto manufacturers — especially in Japan — are struggling to return to their normal level of production after last month’s earthquake hurt numerous key factories in Japan.
  • labor Manufacturers at Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to get their workers back on the job very soon — but only at half-time. Toyota’s U.S. factory workers also haven’t had as much work lately.
  • colors Ford, which isn’t Japanese, has its own problems — see, a key metallic pigment they use comes from a factory near Fukushima. Good luck getting a “tuxedo black” car. source

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10:41 // 3 years ago
Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara reelected despite epic gaffe: This dude’s thanking his lucky stars today. See, he suggested that the tsunami was “divine punishment” for the people of Japan. (Ouch!) He still got re-elected. Shockingly. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara reelected despite epic gaffe: This dude’s thanking his lucky stars today. See, he suggested that the tsunami was “divine punishment” for the people of Japan. (Ouch!) He still got re-elected. Shockingly. source

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10:24 // 3 years ago